Voiceover Work Is Much More Than A Silky Smooth Voice…

Recently, I got a Bomber (that’s surfer for BIG) Insight from Larry Hudson who was a recent guest on Episode 61 of SpeakLikeaLeader.show.

Larry, a friend whom I’ve known for probably 20 years now, is one of the most successful voiceover artists in the world. (And I knew him back when!) In our conversation, he pointed out something that was both surprising, yet obvious. It’s something that can make you a vastly better speaker, leader, and communicator.

Larry told me that a lot of people come to Hollywood to make it big in voiceover because they have silky smooth, wonderful voices, but many are surprised to learn that there is something more important!

The MOST important thing to having a successful career in voiceover isn’t having the perfect voice, but rather being able to communicate meaning!

It’s the same when leaders are speaking in any capacity, especially in high stress, high leverage, high expectation moments!

Are you able to convey meaning well? Just reading a well-written talk typically leads to dismal failure! We’ve all seen and heard people who get so stuck on the “right” words that the meaning of their presentation is lost!

The next time you find yourself in a Leadership Communications moment – like an all-hands meeting, a TED-like talk, speaking to the press or pitching your company, to name a few – focus on conveying the meaning of what you are saying. That is what really matters.

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